Author Archives: Sean Coffey

Wilkes-Doyle, EU/M/633 corr 1983

And here is one more game from the same event as for the last two posts; thanks again to Tony for supplying notes. Günter W. Wilkes (GER) — Tony Doyle EU/M/633 ICCF corr 1983 1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 … Continue reading

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Doyle-Bodisko, EU/M/633 corr 1983

Here is another game from the event mentioned in the last post; thanks again to Tony Doyle for providing notes: Tony Doyle — Alexanadr Petrovich Bodisko (USSR) EU/M/633 ICCF corr 1983 1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 Bg4 … Continue reading

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Voss-Doyle, EU/M/633 corr 1983

My playing career, roughly 1974-1985, overlapped significantly with the over-the-board portion of Tony Doyle’s, 1970-1983, when he was one of the top players in the country. He was Irish champion in 1974, and played in three Olympiads, among many other … Continue reading

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Michael V. O’Nolan

The last post mentioned M. O’Nolan, saying that he was very probably a brother of Brian O’Nolan. Indeed the name is very uncommon in all of Ireland, let alone in Blackrock. And Brian O’Nolan had many brothers: he was from … Continue reading

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N. McCluskey-M. O’Nolan, Armstrong Cup 1932-33

The Armstrong Cup has received excellent coverage in the papers down the years, and for many seasons we even have most match scorecards. However actual games from long-ago seasons are still quite rare and so it’s difficult to judge the … Continue reading

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Daly-O’Connor, Irish championship qualifier 1986

In 1986 it was decided to make the Irish championship a 10-player invitational all-play-all. There was also a separate qualifying tournament that decided at least some of the places (one?). In the last round Colm Daly (White) and Jonathan O’Connor … Continue reading

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D. Dunne-N. Short, Glorney Cup 1977

In 1977 the Glorney Cup was held in Ireland (Gormanston College), and six teams competed, including the Netherlands and France. The English team included Nigel Short, Nigel Davies, Glenn Flear, Daniel King, and William Watson—and they didn’t even win. (See … Continue reading

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Glorney Cup 2016

The Glorney Cup 2016 has concluded with a victory for the Irish team (Tom O’Gorman, Henry Li, Luke Scott, Ross Beatty, Scott Mulligan), retaining the trophy from last year, and finishing clear first for the first time since Cardiff 1958 … Continue reading

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Joe Ryan achieves final IM norm

Congratulations to Joe Ryan who has achieved his third and final IM norm at the 4th Montcada IM Tournament near Barcelona, June 25 to July 3. Many thanks to Daire McMahon and Martin Crichton for supplying the news; so far … Continue reading

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Irish championship 2016

The Irish championship runs from July 2 to July 10 at U.C.D. (Student Union building in Belfield). Already the tournament is causing a great deal of discussion, though unfortunately for all the wrong reasons: this year almost all players who … Continue reading

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